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  1. Rec *

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    Harry just wants to have a quiet life and get along with everyone. He wants to be normal, and accepted. Being “normal” for the Dursleys yielded great results in improving his standard of living, and as he heads off to Hogwarts he still retains that impulse to keep his head down and blend in. Of course, life isn’t as simple as that, and Harry is a magnet for trouble. And what does "normal" really mean, anyway? The pure-bloods in his group of friends think he should learn more about their culture and religion if he wants to fit in.

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    17 May 2018

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    I have read the first three books in this series so far and am loving it. The second book was a bit boring, but the others were great. They all have good world-building and characterizations, and the third one has plenty of funny moments. I really hope this series gets finished.

  2. Rec 21

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    The life of a bismuth is simple: build and repair.

    But one Bismuth finds hers growing complicated as, during routine maintenance of Gem quarters on the young colony planet Earth, she strikes up an odd camaraderie with three quartzes: Biggs Jasper, Crazy Lace Agate, and Snowflake Obsidian. Meanwhile, tensions over the increasingly disruptive rebel attacks escalate and Bismuth will need to figure out for herself what loyalty truly means.

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    11 Apr 2018

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    I liked the backstories of the familiar characters that made you care about the characters and understand why they would join the rebellion despite this story being so short. There was also some good world-building about the actions of the rebels, the state of humanity at this time, and the chain of Gem command as Bismuth sees it. The plot is less interesting than it could be because we know how everything ends, but the character interactions are still interesting enough as they happen.

  3. Public Bookmark 35

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    "Hey everybody, it’s me, Steven Universe! Doing something a little different today because… I JUST HIT THREE HUNDRED SUBSCRIBERS!"

    (Or: the subscribers of St3v3nUnivers3 are pretty sure the channel is some elaborately concocted ARG. Steven remains oblivious.)

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    08 Apr 2018

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    Mildly funny.

  4. Public Bookmark 11

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    The creator of the St3v3nUnivers3 TubeTube channel has realized there's been a... misunderstanding about the nature of the videos he makes. He's determined to tell the truth and set any confusion to rest.

    Easier said than done, unfortunately.

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    08 Apr 2018

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    A short, single-joke story with a realistic portrayal of how Steven would reply to his TubeTube comments.

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    The Crystal Gems have often thought that everything would be so much easier if Rose had never left, that everything would be so much better if she could somehow come back.

    Unfortunately, reality isn't quite that simple.

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    08 Apr 2018

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    A nice start, but incomplete. The purposefully-invoked uneasy atmosphere has only been partially resolved, so this unfinished story doesn’t leave me with a good feeling. It does have good theorizing on the behaviors of Greg and Perl though.

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    Not all Pearls have the chance to run off to another planet and take up arms. Not all fights are grand and romantic. These are the little rebellions- little, but just as defiant.

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    07 Apr 2018

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    At first, the stories were nice but inconsequential. The plot at the end made much of what I had read significant again, and fit each character (the little we knew of each). It is a plausible way the rebellion could happen, and a hopeful one.

  7. Public Bookmark 22

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    Every once in a while, in an Earth barn floating in the void of space, a green bubble would appear.

    Lapis started looking forward to them. She couldn’t help it. On this dark, desolate asteroid she’d parked the barn, it was the only thing that ever happened, really.

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    05 Apr 2018

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    An interesting point about how bubbling works and exploration of how Peridot and Lapis must be feeling after Lapis takes the barn. But not enough happens to call the story a favorite.

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    When some ancient and unknown Homeworld technology accidentally erases their memories, the Crystal Gems assume that the amount of time they're missing is insignificant. After-all, for beings that measure their life-span in millennium, thirteen years is trivial.

    Or normally it is. But it appears that these last thirteen years have been more eventful than the previous thirteen centuries combined, and it becomes clear that the Gems cannot afford to forget any of it. Now, with their leader gone, and saddled with a half-human boy who claims to be her son, they must somehow find a way to restore what they lost.

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    05 Apr 2018

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    Good angst about the characters treating Steven as they naturally would, and later being horrified about it. Some nice small world-building about Homeworld.

    But it felt too short and not cohesive. The Chekhov’s Gun of Malachite was never revisited, making that chapter a loose end. And the big problem was solved so quickly that the story was over too fast. The parts near the end felt especially too-quick – after Steven left the Gems near the end, and after the Gems returned and talked with Steven. Everything felt too inconsequential in the end, unlike in the author’s Just a Normal Coffee Shop, where the events of the story make a long-term difference.

  9. Rec *

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    It's just a normal Monday at the coffee shop. Lapis is bored. Peridot is having endless struggles with the wi-fi. And Steven is super nervous for his date with Connie. He feels like he's forgotten something— something very important...

    Nah, it's probably just nerves, after all.

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    05 Apr 2018

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    Insidious and chilling at first, then eventually heartwarming and with surprisingly practical solutions to various problems in the characters’ lives. Thankfully the loops changed just before they were going to get too repetitive.

  10. Public Bookmark 53

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    Pearl used to tell herself she’d be happy as ever if she saw Rose again. 700 years into the future, Steven’s physical form passes away, and Rose is suddenly back. Many things have changed, and expectations end up not matching reality. At all.

    An account of the first seven days after Steven has passed away and Rose has abruptly returned.

    Currently on version: 3.0 until Chapter 8, 2.0 in the remaining two chapters.

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    11/?
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    03 Apr 2018

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    Interesting premise and some good sci-fi ideas. But the story is mostly aimless angsting with not enough plot, and it has been abandoned unfinished (source: https://archiveofourown.org/works/4537674/chapters/10327446#comment_147544041).

  11. Rec *

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    Once, a Gem ran away from Homeworld, adopted Earth as her home, fell in love with a human rockstar, and had a child.

    That Gem was Blue Diamond.

    Now twelve years old, Steven is coming into his power… but the more he learns about it and his mother’s legacy, the less he may actually want it.

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    42/?
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    03 Apr 2018

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    The initial distrust between the characters only makes it sweeter when they gradually warm up to each other. The different permutations of relationships allow different aspects of the same characters to be explored.

    The scenes are much easier to envision when keeping in mind this fan-art of Steven and Pearl: https://imgur.com/TA1piSZ

    So far I have read up to chapter 37.

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    “You’re always so happy,” Steven said to her once, when he was older; when the Universe household had become the Maheswaran-Universe household and the novelty of “giant women” had worn off, leaving a raw, human sort of curiosity about the people his loved ones occasionally became.

    “Of course I’m happy,” Sardonyx replied. “I am me, after all.”

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    01 Apr 2018

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    Creates an interesting atmosphere with subtle, sad emotions, but in the end, it doesn’t wrap everything up in a way that completes what came before. The end of the story is another interesting twist, but I don’t feel like I understand the whole thing yet.

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    Connie was used to not having any friends. Two years after getting trapped in a magic bubble, she has plenty- but whether it's her own inexperience or the fact that most of them are literal aliens, it's not always easy. All everyone can do is try their best to muddle through it.

    (Loosely connected one-shots centred around Connie's interactions with each of the Crystal Gems).

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    01 Apr 2018

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    Good character exploration in a way that makes Connie seem as badass as she could be, fulfilling my wishes for her. I especially like Chapter 4: Lion, the one that was good enough to inspire a spin-off by another author.

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    Connie finds out that pulling swords out of magical animals in a school hallway with everyone watching can cause people to treat you differently ...

    A Spinoff/Sequel to the Lion chapter of Xenopology by CompletelyDifferent. A series about Connie dealing with her newfound fame and how it affects her other school friends, Jeff and Peedee, as well as everyone else around her.

    (Canon divergent as of Are You My Dad?/I Am My Mom).

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    11/11
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    01 Apr 2018

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    Decent character-building and jokes with slice-of-life stories. But I’m not a fan of the overly-dramatic backstories, which don’t relate in any special way to the universe of Steven Universe.

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    Harry’s always been known as The Boy Who Lived. Only Severus knows that this is a lie. (Or: a portrait of Severus Snape, in seven acts.)

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    07 Nov 2017

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    An interesting and humorous reinterpretation of Harry’s luck in surviving his trials in canon. It builds the world with concepts like the older model of time turner, Firenze’s history with Snape, and the different type of pensieve spells. The character development of Snape and Harry in the Fifth Year is surprising but makes sense. And the bit where Snape talks to the Ford Anglia had me laughing out loud for half a minute.

    I didn’t care much for the romance at the end, which isn’t my thing and which didn’t tie in very strongly to the rest of the story, but everything else was great.

  16. Public Bookmark 4

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    Theodore Nott, the other Slytherin in Harry's year. Who is this mysterious person who remains quietly in the background? Who are his friends? Whose side is he on? Does anyone know? Does he know?

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    Chapters:
    3/3
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    23 Oct 2017

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    A sad and chilling look at two cold-hearted characters. It made me hope, before the end.

  17. Public Bookmark 34

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    Severus hadn't known there was a portrait of him in this universe. But once he knew, he had to see what it would say. Sequel to World in Pieces.

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    20 Oct 2017

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    Too short and plotless to be a good story, and the series it is part of is not that good either, having not enough conflict nor reason for the main characters to feel like they do so quickly. But this short story has some mildly enlightening exploration of what canon Severus’s character might be like inside.

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    In a world where Neville is the Boy-Who-Lived, Harry still grows up with the Dursleys, but he learns to be more private about what matters to him. When McGonagall comes to give him his letter, she also unwittingly gives Harry both a new quest and a new passion: Transfiguration. But while Harry deliberately hides his growing skills, Minerva worries more and more about the mysterious, brilliant student writing to her who may be venturing into dangerous magical territory.

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    05 Oct 2017

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    Another great story from Lomonaaeren, and it’s not even slash this time.

    Harry could be called OP in this story. But since we always see how much Harry suffered before getting to where he did, I don’t really mind.

    The world-building about transfiguration magic and specific Dark spells is great. The transfiguration spells and animal philosophy were creative. And all the characters seem their own people, with their own goals. Dumbledore is less sympathetic than in most stories, but still quite understandable. Snape’s thinking is different from usual too, but also very understandable. And the surprisingly easy way those characters’ problems are resolved gives greater insight into not just Harry’s character, but others’ from seeing their reactions.

    It was a hoot to see a Voldemort who I didn’t have to fear when he appeared in the scene, yet who was still scary enough to count as a villain who must be dealt with.

  19. Public Bookmark 36

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    Some scenes from an alternate version of Disney's Aladdin.

    What if people were good at wishing? The Genie's rules have holes you could drive a herd of camels through, but they don't have to. Aladdin and Jafar's wishes are shallow and limited, and lack the foresight that really effective wishing entails, but wouldn't a battle between effective wishers be much more interesting? And while we're at it, why does Jasmine have so little agency and basically act as a prize to be won in a battle between two men when literally the entire point of her narrative is that she's not that?

    Not exactly a complete fanfic, but enough of one that if you've seen the movie you can probably fill in the gaps yourself.

    Contains normative advice on the use and binding of Genies.

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    12 Aug 2017

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    The plot gets less interesting at the end, but the exploration of how to make wishes is cool.

  20. Public Bookmark 3

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    A different way Death Note could have gone.

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    12 Aug 2017

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    A cool idea, though not fleshed out very much.

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